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Permits for WV Quarry Addressed

The West Virginia Surface Mine Board has addressed several issues raised in an appeal of a permit for a 100-acre shale quarry in Gerrardstown.

The Journal reports that board members acted Tuesday following hearings in Martinsburg.

Potomac Riverkeeper Inc., Gerrardstown Presbyterian Church and Washington Heritage Trail are appealing the permit issued to North Mountain Shale LLC by the Department of Environmental Protection.

The board found that the DEP has addressed potential dust problems. It also said the quarry wouldn't adversely affect historic structures. Board members modified the permit to limit truck traffic to five trucks per shift.

Two issues remain concerning the quarry's sediment ponds and its possible impact on the North Mountain viewshed.

The state Environmental Quality Board is considering an appeal of the quarry's water permit.

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